Honeymoon Recap, Part 1

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I can’t stay away from blogging — even on my honeymoon!!  Part of the problem is that I’m literally in foodie heaven, and I keep eating these wonderful meals, and I need to share them with you!  And I really, really miss the blogging world.


So, although I swore I wouldn’t blog on the honeymoon, I’m going to!  Probably not everyday, but fairly often.


Meghann gave an excellent recap of the wedding!  All I can add is that it was truly THE. BEST. DAY. OF. MY. LIFE. We keep saying it was "perfect" and it really, really was perfect.  Nothing went wrong.  The weather was gorgeous.  It was so amazing to have our family and friends there to share the moment with us.  I’ll give more recaps of the rehearsal dinner (a-maz-ing) and the wedding when I return from the honeymoon.


As Meghann described, we caught a limo from the wedding to the airport and took off for Napa in the morning on Sunday.


Sunday Night


Since arriving, we’re done a LOT of eating and drinking.  On Sunday night, we had dinner at Redd in Yountville in an area known locally as "restaurant row." 


We started off with super crusty and delicious French bread.


The famous Chef Richard Reddington heard it was our honeymoon and surprised us with a wonderful mussel and celery soup.


Our appetizer was a lovely scallop dish.


And I was craving red meat so I got the New York steak.  It was good, but I wasn’t crazy about the fried meat-stuffed cannoli side. 🙂


And Chef Reddington made us a special dessert.  Well, one of his lower chefs probably made it, but it was still yummy.




Yesterday, I woke up early and did a 3.0 mile run and 10 minutes on the elliptical in our hotel gym.  It felt good to work out!  Then, we got dressed to tour the wineries….


We took the Platypus Bus, which is basically a designated driver that knows all the special small wineries. 


We toured:


It’s pretty cold here, but its so quiet and all the tourists are gone… except us. 🙂


The Platypus Bus tour guide even made us a lovely cheese and cracker tray.  He also did a very yummy lunch of sandwiches and fruit.


Since we had a DD, we got pretty tipsy. 🙂


The Husband is enjoying his wedding ring. 🙂


We also went to a really nice dinner in downtown Napa at a restaurant called Celladon.  It was good, but not great.




We went to bed early last night, and we ended up waking up at 7 AM naturally.  We took a nice stroll along the Napa River before breakfast.  Afterwards, we went to two more wineries, both of which were really fun…  but we’re starting to feel a little sick of wine!!


Sterling was a great place to visit because it’s very large and commercial, so it’s just different than the smaller vineyards. 


Plus, they have an awesome aerial tram that takes you up a vineyard-covered hillside.



We literally had the place all to ourselves!


And afterwards, we went to Schramsberg, which makes sparkling wines/champagnes… one of my favorites!


Schramsberg was unique because all the wine is kept in an underground cave.


Did I mentioned we upgraded our rental car from a crap-tastic Kia to a AWESOME Mercedes Benz C300??  IT’S SO MUCH FUN TO DRIVE!


We named the car Victor. 🙂


This afternoon we drove to Solage Resort and Spa to enjoy a relaxing evening of food, wine, mud bathes, and massages. 


We had lunch at the Solage’s restaurant, Solbar.  I got a wine flight (too much wine….), as did the Husband.


I had a yummy smoked chicken soup as my appetizer.


And INSANELY awesome Fish Tacos as my entree.


The Spa Solage was divine.  Our mud bathes were messy, fun, and really relaxing.  The massages were even better.



After our treatments, we drove back to Napa, stopping at Whole Foods for some dinner (I needed something light — soup and salad).  I made the Husband take my picture inside because I was soooo excited to be in a WF! I think he was embarrassed. 🙂


Now, we’re relaxing and recouping.  We have plans to do MORE wineries tomorrow, and I definitely want to squeeze in a run.  🙂


I hope you guys are doing well! I don’t have time to catch up on your blogs, but I will definitely be doing so when we return home next week.





  • *Andrea* January 6, 2009, 10:29 pm

    ilove all the pics! meghann’s recap was awesome! you were a GORGEOUS bride and your hubby is soooo cute 🙂 glad everything was perfect and cali sounds wonderful! CONGRATS!!!!

  • Simple and Divine January 6, 2009, 10:29 pm

    YAYAYAAYYY! I freaked when I saw you pop up on my Google Reader! I’m so glad the Newlyweds are enjoying their DIVINE Honeymoon! And that picture of you two kissing from the back… In Black n White that’ll be UNREAL. You DEF have to blow that up n hang it in the Casa!

    And Caitlin… YOU LOOKED LIKE AN ABSOLUTE DREAM. SO incredibly Beautiful it straight-up brought tears to my eyes! I couldn’t be happier for you two! Love to you both n Congratulations, Once again!! 🙂 Enjoyyyyy

  • Holly January 6, 2009, 10:38 pm

    Hehehehehe you called him Future Husband once! Hard habit to break! You look amazing in these photos. GLOWING!

  • Caitlin January 6, 2009, 10:45 pm

    simple&divine – aaaaaaaaaaaaw thank you!!!

    andrea – ditto!! thank you!

    holly – hahah ohmigod youre right! i corrected it. LOL.

  • Caitlin January 6, 2009, 10:46 pm

    your honeymoon sounds wonderful so far! Enjoy it!

    I love your coat btw!

  • therunningaddict January 6, 2009, 10:52 pm

    OMG Caitlin its so exciting to read this!!! You both are fabulous!

  • Neesha and Dustin January 6, 2009, 11:01 pm

    Aww. Wow. The wedding looked amazing and now the honeymoon, too! We are some lucky blog readers. Thanks, Caitlin! Have a blast touring the vineyards. I’ve been told blush wines came to be as a mistake…they stopped the process too early once or something…yet now I’m starting to wonder if it’s true. Hear anything like that on your adventures?

    Have a great time!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 6, 2009, 11:05 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! The wedding, the honeymoon, the scenery, the food!

    So glad you are enjoying yourselves…you look blissfully happy together!

    Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the honeymoon!

  • Anna January 6, 2009, 11:05 pm

    You have NO idea how excited I was just now seeing that you posted! We miss you just as much as you miss us. 🙂

    It’s so great to see you are having a wonderful time on Honeymoon. Enjoy the rest of it and bask in that wedded bliss!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 6, 2009, 11:10 pm

    Looks like such a fun honeymoon! I hope you two are having a blast! Your coat is adorable also.

  • Andrea of Care to Eat January 6, 2009, 11:33 pm

    So many great things in this post, but I just have to say that I LOVE that you named your car Victor!
    You look so happy – it’s wonderful to see!

  • Lara January 7, 2009, 4:27 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin! What a great post–so much yummy food, and I love Victor 😉 ENJOY!!

  • Erica January 7, 2009, 4:51 am

    awwww miss you much! You look gorgeous and glowing! So thrilled for you and am glad you’re enjoying the honeymoon! Can’t wait for your return 😉

  • Meghann January 7, 2009, 4:56 am

    Caitlin!!!! I’m so glad you’re having a great time over there! You know I saw the pic of Kristien with the ring and it really hit me that you guys are married!! AHHHH!!!!! YOu guys do look soooo Happy!! I miss you, but that doesnt mean hurry home. I want you to enjoy your honeymoon and drink lots and lots of wine on my behalf! 🙂

  • imadedinner January 7, 2009, 5:18 am

    You guys are just GLOWING!!! Congratulations! Keep enjoying your honeymoon… it looks amazing!

  • talieworld January 7, 2009, 5:19 am

    Yay! I’m so happy for you Caitlin!

    Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!

  • K January 7, 2009, 5:20 am

    CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! Your wedding looked AMAZING 😀 Glad to hear you’re having a fab time and thanks for sharing it with us!

    LOVE your coat it’s cute! The picture of the two of you kissing made my heart melt 🙂

    Now…get off the blog and enjoy your honeymoon MRS. SeeBrideRun 😉

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) January 7, 2009, 5:21 am

    You look like you are having so much fun!

    Congratulations to you both!!:D

  • Anne P January 7, 2009, 5:38 am

    yay!! i just checked the blog randomly and there you were! looks like you are having an absolutely amazing time! i’m glad and very jealous! 🙂 your wedding looked picture perfect, i’m so happy it was everything you hoped it would be!

    keep enjoying that wine!

  • D10 January 7, 2009, 5:49 am

    I am so happy that you are continuing to have a wonderful time. Enjoy every minute! You looked gorgeous, your dress was very pretty.

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) January 7, 2009, 6:07 am

    Yay! You and your hub look SO happy! Glad to hear you’re having a wonderful time. Keep soaking it up!

  • Jess January 7, 2009, 6:14 am

    Can we talk about my excitement when I saw the blog udpate in my Reader lol lol!

    So glad you stopped in to udpate even though you’re on your honeymoon!

    It looks like you are having an amazing time! I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

  • nibblesandwiggles January 7, 2009, 6:34 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!

    It is wonderful that you are blogging about your honeymoon while it is still fresh in your mind – capturing it all in more than pictures. Have a great time!

  • jenngirl January 7, 2009, 6:35 am

    LOVE IT! keep enjoying y’alls special trip, love all the wine!! 😉

  • Emily January 7, 2009, 6:40 am

    P.S.- I NEED to know where you got that coat, it’s so cute!

  • ttfn300 January 7, 2009, 6:51 am

    hehe, the recap and photos, just lovely!! glad you two are having a ball on your honeymoon 🙂 ENJOY!

  • VeggieGirl January 7, 2009, 6:54 am

    BEYOND SPECTACULAR AND MAGNIFICENT, GIRL!!! You two are just divine together, and I’m glad that you’re having so much fun 🙂

  • Annie January 7, 2009, 6:57 am

    You look like you are having a fabulous time, you're glowing with happiness! Congrats!!<3

  • lauren January 7, 2009, 7:05 am

    all the food and wine looks completely amazing! enjoy!

  • girlrunningaround January 7, 2009, 7:16 am

    AWESOME! It looks like you guys are having a great time. You’re having on of my dream vacations-relaxing in wine country.

    BTW-I LOVE your jacket!

  • Tina January 7, 2009, 7:30 am

    Looks like an AMAZING time! Wine, food, spa… heaven!!!

  • Amandamoo January 7, 2009, 7:41 am

    Yay!!! Oh my gosh! I’ve been checking the blog every.single.day just in case! It’s so fun to see your travels. You look so beautiful and happy! Congrats again!

  • Erin January 7, 2009, 7:46 am

    Congratulations! Great Post!
    Everything looks wonderful and I love to name all inanimate objects. Woohoo.

  • Jenna January 7, 2009, 7:59 am

    ahhhhh I miss you and it looks like you are having the time of your life! I’m so glad!! The food looks amazing and I’m super jealous. I think I am going to have to drive on over to O-town when you come back just to hear all the details! And I’m glad you enjoyed your massage 🙂

  • Carolyn January 7, 2009, 8:21 am

    Caitlin, thanks for sharing and sounds like a fabulous time! As a local in the SF Bay Area, you may see some 70s by the weekend. I hope you are making it to San Francisco for even more foodie adventures!!! Cant wait to see where you eat next.

  • Justine January 7, 2009, 8:33 am

    I was so happy when I saw that you had posted! Yay! Looks like the honeymoon is a blast…and all that wine! Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina January 7, 2009, 8:37 am

    yay! have so much fun!

  • Amy January 7, 2009, 9:04 am


    Too funny. I actually have organized a tour with the Platypus guy in the past. He is the BEST and knows all the great stuffi n Napa. good choice!

  • Laughing Lindsay January 7, 2009, 9:06 am

    That was SUCH an awesome way to start my day– a little Caitlin Honeymoon recap.
    I hope your Best Day Ever is extending to the best Week Ever as well. It looks like it’s been great so far! We miss you- I’ve checked your blog like a million times (Nerd Alert!)Can’t wait to read all about your next adventures.

    Huge hugs.

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) January 7, 2009, 9:24 am

    Oh I love Napa! It’s so pretty there. You guys look like you’re having an awesome time, congrats! 😀

  • Kath January 7, 2009, 9:26 am

    SO JEALOUS of wine country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Looks like you guys are livin’ in up.

    We were well behaved the first few days of our honeymoon and spaced out the wine, but the last 4 days were ALL food and wine – we knew it was coming to a close and had to squeeze it in. I couldn’t wear the skirt I arrived in on the way home!

    Enjoy every moment 🙂

  • Marissa January 7, 2009, 9:56 am

    Looks like you’re having a blast!

  • aron January 7, 2009, 10:09 am

    isnt wine country amazing 🙂 looks like you are having a GREAT time! congrats again and enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!

  • Meg January 7, 2009, 10:16 am

    I am so HAPPY that you all are having an amazing time! Love all that food. It all looks delicious. The scenery is beautiful.

  • Erin of Care to Eat January 7, 2009, 10:28 am

    YAY! Oh my god, that sounds AMAZING! You guys look so happy and sweet together. 🙂 AWWH! Keep the updates and good eats coming sweet Mrs!

  • Runeatrepeat January 7, 2009, 10:32 am

    I love that you stopped in to blog! Glad you’re having a great time 🙂 I can’t wait to hear your wedding recap!

  • Aimee January 7, 2009, 10:52 am

    It sounds like you two are having a great time on your honeymoon. I love your jacket.

    I love wine, so I can’t wait to plan a trip to the west coast with my husband sometime.

    Oh and I think I said it on Meghann’s recap but you looked so beautiful and sooo happy on your wedding day.

  • fitforfree January 7, 2009, 10:54 am

    Your pics are wonderful! So glad that the wedding went off without a hitch 🙂

  • Caitlin (see bride run) January 7, 2009, 10:57 am

    yayyyy! im glad to see everyone missed me, too because i was starting to think i was a complete nutter for missing the blog world!! 🙂 thanks for your well wishes.

    the coat is from united colors of bennaton. i got it 3 years ago.

  • Anonymous January 7, 2009, 11:49 am

    It looks like such a great time!

  • Beth January 7, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Are you going to Sonoma as well? If so, may I suggest going to the Mayo Family Winery….excellent wines and a great tasting (the “adventure tasting”) that includes 8 – 10 wines for $12!

  • Beth January 7, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Oh, and also, if you’re heading to San Francisco and need restaurant recs – feel free to email me as I live here! So much good food here…though I’m sure you already have a lot planned out 🙂

  • Lara January 7, 2009, 1:46 pm

    I’m so glad you’re honeyblogging!

  • dailygoods January 7, 2009, 1:56 pm

    CONGRATSSSS!!! Everything looked amazing :)Have a happy honeymoon!

  • Mica January 7, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Congratulations (Again)! You two look so cute and like you’re having a blast in Wine Country.

    Enjoy the honey moon!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK January 7, 2009, 3:04 pm

    I love NAPA live it up you must got to satuee dont know how to spell it!

  • Sara January 7, 2009, 4:06 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, but haven’t commented too often. You’re wedding looked gorgeous and your honeymoon looks so fun! I want to go on another honeymoon. 🙂 Enjoy your time in Napa.

  • ohsheglows.com January 7, 2009, 4:13 pm


    hehe I knew you couldn’t stay away from us! LOL

    Nice Benz 🙂 Don’t blog too much…mmmm kay? 😉


  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) January 7, 2009, 4:31 pm

    Omg caitlin! you rock! the hubby is sooo cute! is it weird going from calling him future husband to regular husband? oh man, your great. i hope ur enjoying urself! looks like such a romantic time!!!!!

    XOOOOOOOOOOOX all my love!

  • strongandhealthy January 7, 2009, 5:15 pm

    How wonderful! Have a great time!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 7, 2009, 5:57 pm

    You two are too cute. Glad your wedding day was perfect, and it looks like your honeymoon is as well. So much amazing food. My mouth is still watering over those scallops from Redd! Enjoy the rest of your trip with The Husband and Victor. 🙂

  • Julie January 7, 2009, 6:03 pm

    The pictures are great, looks like you two are enjoying yourselves!!

  • Bridget January 7, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Looks like heaven, hope the rest of your week is amazing!

  • HangryPants January 7, 2009, 7:31 pm

    Yay Caitlin!!!! Have a wonderful time. Everything looks wonderful, and beautiful and perfect. 😀

  • Rebecca January 7, 2009, 7:32 pm

    Congratulations! You looked so beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!!

  • Sharney January 7, 2009, 8:35 pm

    OMG!!!!! Yayyyyyyy!!!! I was so happy & excited to see your post! I am SO happy for the two of you- it looks like an absolutely romantic honeymoon 🙂 I just love all the pictures from your wedding & honeymoon. Thank you so much for sharing them with us all! I am also so proud of you running on your honeymoon- now that's dedication!

    Continue to have an amazing honeymoon. We love and miss you, but are so glad you are having the BEST time ever 🙂

  • eatingbender January 7, 2009, 9:35 pm

    I love that you love food blogging this much – of course we want to read about your honeymoon ASAP :o) Everything looks fabulous, and your wedding day really does sound “perfect.” I am so happy for you! Your dress was gorgeous, as were you!

  • livelaughlyss January 7, 2009, 10:12 pm

    wow wow WOW! not only were you the world’s most beautiful bride, your honeymoon celebration truly is incredible! that picture of you and No-Longer-Future-Husband is absolutely breath-taking. enjoy every single second of your time dear, you deserve it! can’t wait for more recaps! 🙂

  • Allison January 8, 2009, 12:16 pm

    The Arger’s used to live up the street from me. Their son, was my elementary school crush! Looks like you Honeymoon is going fabulously!

  • Chic Runner January 9, 2009, 2:02 pm

    love it, i can’t believe i’ve been away for so long and you got married! what! Congrats! Can’t wait to catch up! 🙂

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